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Eilean Donan Castle 6 by CitizenFresh
Eilean Donan Castle 6
Eilean Donan is a small tidal island where you meet three of Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch ALSH, in the Western Highlands of Scotland; Reconstruction of the castle in the early 20th century, the footbridge island connected to the mainland. The picturesque castle, which often appears in photographs, film and television dominates the island, which lies about 1 km (0.62 miles) from the village of Dornie. Eilean Donan is part of the Kintail National Scenic Area, one of 40 in Scotland. In 2001 the island had a recorded population of only one person, but it was not "ordinary people" at the time of the census of 2011 Eilean Donan Castle, which simply means "sea", Donnan Donnan of Eigg from Celtic saint martyred in 617 Donnan said, that established a church on the island, although there is no trace of this remains. The castle was built in the thirteenth century and became the stronghold of Clan Mackenzie and its allies Clan MacRae. At the beginning of the eighteenth century commitments "Mackenzies Jacobite rebellion in 1719 led to the destruction of the castle by government ships. Twentieth century reconstruction of Lieutenant Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap produced in the ruins of the existing buildings.
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Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral by CitizenFresh
Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral
Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral, (Irish: Ardeaglais Naomh Fionnbarra) is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Cork city, Ireland. It is in the ecclesiastical province of Dublin. Begun in 1863, the cathedral was the first major work of the Victorian architect William Burges. Previously the cathedral of the Diocese of Cork, it is now one of three cathedrals in the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.

The competition for the building of St Fin Barre's was held in 1862. In February 1863, Burges was declared the winner.His diary records his delight; "Got Cork!", whilst the cathedral accounts record the payment of the winning prize sum of £100. Building work took seven years before Divine Service was held in the cathedral in 1870. Building, carving and decoration continued into the 20th century, long after Burges's death in 1881.

The style of the building is Early French, Burges's favoured period and a style he continued to favour throughout his life, choosing it for his own home, The Tower House, in Kensington. The stipulated price for construction was to be £15,000, a sum vastly exceeded. The total cost came to significantly over £100,000. Burges was "unconcerned" (his own words) in his letter of January 1877 to the Bishop of Cork: "(In the future) the whole affair will be on its trial and, the elements of time and cost being forgotten, the result only will be looked at. The great questions will then be, first, is this work beautiful and, secondly, have those to whom it was entrusted, done it with all their heart and all their ability."

Burges oversaw all aspects of the design, including the architecture of the building, the statuary, the stained glass and the internal decoration. The result is "undoubtedly Burges's greatest work in ecclesiastical architecture"
Pulteney Bridge by CitizenFresh
Pulteney Bridge
Pulteney Bridge crosses the River Avon in Bath, England. It was completed by 1774, and connected the city with the newly built Georgian town of Bathwick. Designed by Robert Adam in a Palladian style, it is exceptional in having shops built across its full span on both sides. It has been designated as a Grade I listed building.

Within 20 years of its construction, alterations were made that expanded the shops and changed the façades. By the end of the 18th century it had been damaged by floods, but it was rebuilt to a similar design. Over the next century alterations to the shops included cantilevered extensions on the bridge's north and south faces. In the 20th century several schemes were carried out to preserve the bridge and partially return it to its original appearance, enhancing its appeal as a tourist attraction.

The bridge is now 45 metres (148 ft) long and 18 metres (58 ft) wide. Although there have been plans to pedestrianise the bridge, it is still used by buses and taxis. The much photographed bridge and the weir below are close to the centre of the city, which is a World Heritage Site largely because of its Georgian architecture.
Blenheim Palace by CitizenFresh
Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. It is the principal residence of the dukes of Marlborough, and the only non-royal non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace, one of England's largest houses, was built between 1705 and circa 1722. Blenheim Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

The building of the palace was originally intended to be a reward to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, from a grateful nation for the duke's military triumphs against the French and Bavarians during the War of the Spanish Succession, culminating in the 1704 Battle of Blenheim. However, soon after its construction began, the palace was to become the subject of political infighting; this led to Marlborough's exile, the fall from power of his duchess, and lasting damage to the reputation of the architect Sir John Vanbrugh.

Designed in the rare, and short-lived, English Baroque style, architectural appreciation of the palace is as divided today as it was in the 1720s. It is unique in its combined usage as a family home, mausoleum and national monument. The palace is also notachill.ble as the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill.


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lexxii Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely Gallery:)

Invite to join :iconcutieshots: A diverse Super  Group feating many galleries for all artists to display their fine art:)
Hope to see you soon!!
EvelinaBrzozka Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Przypadkowo trafiłam na Pana galerię, przecudowne zdjęcia, jak z bajki lub filmu. Po Pana opisach byłam pewna że jest Pan Anglikiem/Amerykaninem a tutaj...Polak! Co za duma!
Panie Leszku, Pana zdjęcia są doskonałe! Światło, ujęcie...wszystko. Poczułam się jak w innym świecie, gratuluje!
Marivel87 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Instant watch for your amazing landscapes! Congrats!
DavidKrigbaum Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
You have a lot of beautiful shots and I love the diversity of locations you've been to.
ElvisCiurariu Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014

Photos are awesome. I was wondering If I could use couple of them in a teaser trailer for a short film campaign on Indiegogo. With your name on credits of course.

Thank you,
KratosXtreme Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
You do fantastic photography. Honestly I'm incredibly tempted to visit Ireland and Scotland thanks to your brilliant pictures. Keep up the good work mate.
Mirnar88 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Gratuluję wspaniałej galerii!!!
meiyulian Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Not only do you have many fantastic pictures of beautiful castles, but you also tell us about where they are and what they are called. THANK YOU!
ZeeShiKing Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday! :cake: :party: :)
CitizenFresh Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Hi!Thanks so much for remembering and Birthday wishes.
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